I was intrigued when my local library advertised a pre-Christmas paper crafting night that would feature the use of old books, otherwise destined for the recycling heap. Being a keen recycler and a curious “newbie crafter”, I decided to attend the event and invited a friend to join me. The weather was terrible that night and snow storms kept most people away, which not only made it very easy for my friend and I to chat as we crafted, but also to have free access to all the materials on offer. Many of the paper crafts suggested in the tutorial print-outs on the table revolved around paper-folding/origami and the use of paper punches. The time went quickly (far too quickly, especially as we arrived late!) and so I continued working on my little projects when I returned home.
Included in the 40 SEK cost (approximately 6 USD) was unlimited use of paper (origami/wrapping/card/old book pages), glitter, string, glue, beads, activity instruction sheets, etc., plus the usage of all paper punches/other tools… and cookies and drinks! Not bad, huh? As the night ended up being so quiet, in appreciation of the fact that my friend and I had braved the weather, we were charged only 20 SEK and were allowed to take home extra supplies to continue our work. A true bargain… and a great night to boot! Thus I feel it is still a blog-worthy event, despite being rather “old news”.
ORIGAMI CHRISTMAS WREATH
Searching around online, I came across this tutorial with very clear pictorial instructions for how to create the same sweet and simple paper wreaths that I made for our tree. Mine were constructed from old book pages, wrapping paper scraps and origami paper.
ORIGAMI CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT
This lovely design is deceptively fiddly to put together, so although these were not the exact same instructions I used on the night, I am happy to share this very clear tutorial for the same design that I found at minieco.co.uk with you! I made the decoration below using old book pages.
CHRISTMAS GIFT TAGS
Essentially I made these using a variety of papers and paper punches; large scalloped, small snowflake, heart, angel and text (“God Jul”, meaning “Merry Christmas” in Swedish). I highlighted certain elements of the tags with translucent or silver glitter. This really was a great way to use up little paper scraps to create something colourful, personal and whimsical with which to adorn Christmas gifts (this year we wrapped our presents in red paper with white polka dots, tied with red and white gingham print ribbon).